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Proverbs 22 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Being respected is more important than having great riches. To be well thought of is better than silver or gold. 1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor are alike in that the Lord made them all. 2 Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. 3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
4 Respecting the Lord and not being proud will bring you wealth, honor, and life. 4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
5 Evil people's lives are like paths covered with thorns and traps. People who guard themselves don't have such problems. 5 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them.
6 Train children how to live right, and when they are old, they will not change. 6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, and borrowers are servants to lenders. 7 The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 Those who plan evil will receive trouble. Their cruel anger will come to an end. 8 He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
9 Generous people will be blessed, because they share their food with the poor. 9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
10 Get rid of the one who makes fun of wisdom. Then fighting, quarrels, and insults will stop. 10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
11 Whoever loves pure thoughts and kind words will have even the king as a friend. 11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
12 The Lord guards knowledge, but he destroys false words. 12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The lazy person says, "There's a lion outside! I might get killed out in the street!" 13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!"
14 The words of an unfaithful wife are like a deep trap. Those who make the Lord angry will get caught by them. 14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is under the LORD's wrath will fall into it.
15 Every child is full of foolishness, but punishment can get rid of it. 15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
16 Whoever gets rich by mistreating the poor, and gives presents to the wealthy, will become poor. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.
17 Listen carefully to what wise people say; pay attention to what I am teaching you. 17 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
18 It will be good to keep these things in mind so that you are ready to repeat them. 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 I am teaching them to you now so that you will put your trust in the Lord. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 I have written thirty sayings for you, which give knowledge and good advice. 20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 I am teaching you true and reliable words so that you can give true answers to anyone who asks. 21 teaching you true and reliable words, so that you can give sound answers to him who sent you?
22 Do not abuse poor people because they are poor, and do not take away the rights of the needy in court. 22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,
23 The Lord will defend them in court and will take the life of those who take away their rights. 23 for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.
24 Don't make friends with quick-tempered people or spend time with those who have bad tempers. 24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered,
25 If you do, you will be like them. Then you will be in real danger. 25 or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Don't promise to pay what someone else owes, and don't guarantee anyone's loan. 26 Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;
27 If you cannot pay the loan, your own bed may be taken right out from under you. 27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don't move an old stone that marks a border, because those stones were set up by your ancestors. 28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
29 Do you see people skilled in their work? They will work for kings, not for ordinary people. 29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.